TIME society

94-Year-Old Man Finally Graduates From College, More Than 75 Years After He Started

His education was interrupted by World War II and then his work

A 94-year-old man will graduate from West Virginia University (WVU) this month after working on his degree on and off for more than 75 years.

Anthony Brutto of Morgantown enrolled at WVU in 1939 and started studying engineering, physical education and industrial arts before being drafted into World War II and serving in the Army Air Corps, according to a WVU press release.

He started his degree again when he came back home, but he soon had to stop taking classes because his wife fell ill.

From then on, he worked as a machinist in factories that manufactured aircraft before retiring in the mid-’80s to make wooden sculptures of birds and wild animals, as well as jewelry. But he still kept plugging away at his coursework.

“It was always important to me to graduate,” he said, according to the release.

TIME animals

‘Pups in Pajamas’ Is the Best Thing to Happen to Your Instagram Feed This Week

It's exactly what it sounds like

Attention dog lovers who are using the weekend to catch up on sleep: a new Instagram account, @PupsinPajamas, is aggregating adorable photos of puppies in pajamas from around the web and asking users to submit their own pictures.

A glimpse at the darling dogs that the account has featured since it launched a month ago:

Photos of dogs in pajamas are all over Instagram, and an endless stream of images can be found via the hashtag #dogsinpajamas. There are even hashtags specific to breeds such as #dachshundsinpajamas.

(h/t NYMag.com)

TIME society

Why an Architect Wrote a 52,438-Word Dissertation With No Punctuation

Examiners at the University of British Columbia accepted it unanimously

An architect pursuing a doctorate at the University of British Columbia wrote his 149-page, 52,438-word dissertation without any periods or commas.

Patrick Stewart, 61, who belongs to the Nisga’a, a group of indigenous people in British Columbia, told Canada’s National Post that his dissertation, entitled “Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge,” was designed to raise awareness about “the blind acceptance of English language conventions in academia” and to make a statement about “aboriginal culture, colonialism.” And he claimed there is “nothing in the (UBC dissertation) rules about formats or punctuation.”

When he defended his punctuation-free dissertation, the examiners accepted it unanimously.

Read an excerpt from the giant run-on sentence on the National Post‘s website.

TIME Music

Listen to Prince’s New Protest Song ‘Baltimore’

"Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown and Freddie Gray?"

Prince released his protest song “Baltimore” on SoundCloud Saturday ahead of the Rally 4 Peace concert Sunday at the city’s Royal Farms Arena.

As a spokesperson for the pop star said earlier this week, the track is about “the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men.”

He recorded it at his Paisley Park studio near Minneapolis.

Sample lyrics:

Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown and Freddie Gray?

Peace is more than the absence of war

Are we gonna see another bloody day?

We’re tired of crying and people dying

Let’s take all the guns away.

(h/t Billboard)

TIME People

This Is How Sheryl Sandberg Says You Can Honor Her Late Husband Dave Goldberg

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, left, and Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey, arrive at the Sun Valley Inn for the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, on July 6, 2011, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Julie Jacobson—AP Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, left, and Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey, arrive at the Sun Valley Inn for the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, on July 6, 2011, in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Take time to have a family dinner, she said

Sheryl Sandberg has responded to the outpouring of questions about how people can pay tribute to her late husband Dave Goldberg, who collapsed and died May 2 while exercising at a gym on vacation. Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, posted on the questions website Quora, where she answered the “generous” and “kind” users who asked how they could best pay their respects.

She wrote that people who knew the SurveyMonkey CEO personally could post photos and memories on Facebook. Others could make time to have dinner with their families:

One friend also told me that he canceled a planned work dinner last night to have dinner with his kids instead. We always went around the table and each of us said our best and worst of the day. The family rule is that you have to have a best but a worst is optional. I think there is no better way for any man or woman to honor the memory of my beloved husband.

In her book Lean In, Sandberg talks about dinners as one way she and Goldberg managed to balance their family with their careers. The power couple would make the effort to leave the office early enough to share a meal with their children, and then would continue working afterward.

TIME society

Read the Original Mother’s Day Message

In honor of the holiday, read President Woodrow Wilson's proclamation

Philadelphia activist Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) came up with the idea for “Mother’s Day” at the beginning of the 20th century as a tribute to her mother.

On May 10, 1908, in what is considered the first Mother’s Day celebration, she sent 500 carnations to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, her mother’s church in Grafton, W.Va. (which was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992).

The event generated an enormously positive response, and after extensive lobbying and letter-writing efforts, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation on May 9, 1914, declaring the second Sunday of May “a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Read his message here:

Mother’s Day Proclamation

Over time, Jarvis felt that the spirit of the day had been undermined by “greedy” floral, candy and greeting card industries, which “gouged the public,” and used the holiday as “a means of profiteering,” the New York Times reported on May 18, 1923.

TIME celebrities

See 3 Generations of Elvis Presley’s Family Together at Mad Max Premiere

Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, Riley Keough
Eric Charbonneau—Invision/AP Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough seen at the Warner Bros. premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" on May 7, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Riley Keough appears in the film

Three family members of the late rock star Elvis Presley were photographed together at the Hollywood premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road Thursday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Priscilla Presley, the 69-year-old former wife of Elvis Presley, and her 47-year-old daughter, singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, were at the event because Lisa Marie’s 25-year-old daughter, Riley Keough, a model and an actress, appears in the film.

“The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” would have turned 80 this year (on Jan. 8).

TIME society

Watch a 10-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Find Out She’s Going to Be a Cheerleader

A Facebook video of the emotional moment has racked up more than 3.8 million views in a week

In a heartwarming video going viral this week, Lacey Parker, a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome, finds out she nabbed a spot on the cheerleading team at North DeSoto Middle School in Stonewall, La.—following in the footsteps of her sisters.

The 40-second video of the youngster reading the roster on an iPad at home and shouting “I made it!” as family members embrace her has been viewed more than 3.8 million times and shared more than 50,000 times since it was uploaded to Facebook on May 1 by her mom Renee Parker.

(h/t Today.com)

TIME public health

San Francisco Bans Chewing Tobacco at Sports Venues

Effective Jan. 1, 2016

On Friday, San Francisco became the first American city to ban smokeless tobacco—chewing tobacco and “moist inhalable snuff”—at sports venues.

The new ordinance, signed by Mayor Ed Lee, goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Violators will be asked to leave the playing fields (where cigarette and cigar smoking is already banned), the Associated Press reports.

Anti-smoking groups argue that a ban on smokeless tobacco—which has been linked to cancer and nicotine addiction—sends the right message to kids who look up to the players. But San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain said the measure may be hard to enforce, noting that coffee pouches resemble tobacco pouches, according to an article on the team’s website.

The state Assembly is still considering a bill banning tobacco use—electronic cigarettes included—wherever there’s a baseball game, the AP reports.

Read next: Why Lawmakers Want Smokeless Tobacco Thrown Out of the Homes of a National Pastime


73-Year-Old BASE Jumper Dies After His Parachute Opens Too Late

A Twin Falls County Sheriff Department Search and Rescue boat heads up the Snake River on April 10, 2007, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Ashley Smith—AP A Twin Falls County Sheriff Department Search and Rescue boat heads up the Snake River on April 10, 2007, in Twin Falls, Idaho.

He had done about 1,000 BASE jumps in the past decade

A 73-year-old BASE jumper died Thursday while leaping off a bridge in Twins Falls, Idaho, into Snake River after his parachute deployed too late, local authorities said.

The Twins Falls County Sheriff’s Office identified the thrill-seeker as James E. Hickey of Claremont, Calif. Hickey had done about 1,000 BASE jumps—which involve parachuting from fixed structures like bridges, buildings and cliffs—since taking up the sport about 10 years ago, Tom Aiello, a friend and local BASE jumping instructor, told Reuters.

Authorities say the fatality at Perrine Bridge was the second in the area so far this year, after 32-year-old Bryan Turner of Vancouver, British Columbia, died in March following a similar stunt. Turner’s death was the first BASE jumping fatality at the bridge site in four years, CNN and Reuters report.

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